Perry Township Schools
Perry Township is a unique community that is filled with history and residents who have deep roots on the Southside. Over the past seven years I have had an opportunity to attend many events that are steeped in tradition. On Friday evening there was a moving and exciting program held at the Southport High School basketball game.
Southport’s Alumni Association, under the leadership of Jay Danner, hosted a celebration to honor the 35th anniversary of the 1990 boys basketball final four team coached by Hall of Famer Bill Springer.
The evening in historic Southport Fieldhouse got off to a rousing start in the Cardinals Nest with a reception, appetizers, an informal dinner and cake, of course. Former players and their families were welcomed by alumni members, and the reminiscing flowed! The players were huddled around a television watching a tape of that famous night. Cheers and applause were heard coming from that side of the room.
Prior to the junior varsity basketball game, Springer, assistant coach Kalb and several of the 1990 players addressed the current team with encouraging and inspiring words. You could see the admiration and respect that was extended to the former players.
The recognition ceremony was conducted between the junior varsity and varsity games. Special guests included former Principal Lloyd Bodie and former athletic directors Jean McArdle and Chuck Robbins, who also coached football. As I talked with these individuals, their eyes revealed the pride and joy that they had experienced with Southport. These people are Cardinals for life.
Next, coach Springer and 10 of the players from the team were introduced. The crowd watched highlights from the final four game. Then the team’s managers, trainers and other coaches joined the team on the floor and were greeted with a huge applause.
It was an honor to read an official proclamation to the crowd, and coach Springer shared his thoughts. Afterward, long-standing alumni member Steve Harnedy presented each team member with a scrolled copy of the proclamation. A banner to honor to team was dedicated and is now displayed at the fieldhouse.
To top off the excitement, the junior varsity and varsity teams won their games against Terre Haute South.
This event is just one example of the pride that exists in Perry Township Schools. We are a community with a rich heritage. The strong legacy within our district exemplifies our strong family ties. Honoring our alumni is one of the many attributes that makes the township a close-knit community.
I would like to thank Southport’s alumni and athletic department for their work in organizing the reception and ceremony. Programs such as this reinforce our core values and truly make it an honor and a privilege to serve as your superintendent.